Lions got beat by a better team in the 49ers; secondary, run game help is on the way
Sure the Lions had a chance to win, but you’ve got to admit it’s pretty clear that the San Francisco 49ers were just the better team.
They proved it Sunday night with a 27-19 win over the Lions at Candlestick Park.
So the Lions are now 1-1, tied with the Packers, the Bears and the Vikings in the NFC North. They play next Sunday at the Tennessee Titans.
The good news is that this Lions’ bunch will only improve.
They were playing without three starters on the secondary. Louis Delmas and Chris Houston reportedly were going through workouts on the field prior to the game. Both have to be getting closer to returning to play. Houston practiced for three days last week on a limited basis. Bentley’s concussion could keep him out a while, there is no timetable for him to be cleared for contact.
Also, Mikel Leshoure’s suspension will be over on Monday. Remember the final preseason game? He looked pretty effective and could make a big difference in the running game.
Running back Joique Bell apparently ensured himself a roster spot with six carries for 14 yards and two receptions for 59 yards. When Leshoure returns, a roster cut will have to be made. It could be Keiland Williams who was active, but didn’t get into the game on Sunday night.
WR Ryan Broyles was also active on Sunday, but didn’t have a ball thrown his way. He will be a valuable addition to the offense when he gets up to speed.
(Paula Pasche covers the Lions. Follow her on Twitter @PaulaPasche. Read her Lions Lowdown blog at oplions.blogspot.com.)